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City Encourages Remote Participation for Dec. 16 Council Meeting

Meeting will not be open to in-person participation

Following the State of California’s issuance of a Regional Stay Home Order (RSHO) for the San Joaquin Valley Region – which includes Kern County and Bakersfield – the City of Bakersfield will close the December 16 City Council meeting to in-person participation. The City encourages the public to participate remotely, including providing public comment via email or voicemail prior to the meeting.

The December 16 meeting will be largely ceremonial, installing and swearing in City Councilmembers. The City will hold a scaled-down version of the installation ceremony with Councilmembers and their limited special guests. These limited participants will be asked to practice social distancing and to wear facemasks or coverings.  The meeting will not be open to the public.

Members of the public wishing to provide messages of congratulations or encouragement to incoming or outgoing City Councilmembers are asked to provide those to the City by sending them to this email address: Those messages will be shared separately with the Councilmembers at a future date.

Members of the public may view the 5:15 p.m. meeting live online at; or on Kern County Television: Brighthouse Networks Channel 16 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

The City recommends that anyone who wishes to offer public comment at the 5:15 p.m. meeting do so either via email or phone message as outlined below.

  • Email via the City Clerk’s Office at by 1 p.m. the day of the meeting; or
  • Leave a voicemail comment by calling 661-326-3100. Voicemail messages must be three (3) minutes or shorter. Messages must be received by 4 p.m. the Tuesday before the meeting.

The RSHO went into effect in Kern County on Sunday, December 6 and is expected to be in effect for at least three weeks. The order includes the recommendation for the public to avoid gatherings to help prevent the potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Public access to City Council meetings after December 16 will be evaluated for each meeting based on the circumstances as they exist at the time.

The City encourages all residents to follow the guidelines set by the State in its Regional Stay Home Order.

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